McGary Getting on the Glass (with Video)

While several clamor for Michigan freshman Mitch McGary to show off his five star potential, the new big man isn't concerning himself with expectations. Instead, While several clamor for Michigan freshman Mitch McGary to show off his five star potential, the new big man isn't concerning himself with expectations. Instead, McGary is focused on production and rebounds – a lot of rebounds.

Coaches drool over prep stars that have tremendous size, athleticism and a whole lot of coachable skill. What coaches go completely nuts over is a player that has all of the above, plus a true team mentality and attitude focused on being the hardest working player on the floor.

Michigan freshman Mitch McGary was cast into the recruiting spotlight over a year ago with his strong play and physical gifts. What separates him is his no pain, no gain mentality and the nose for the ball that allowed him to corral 10 rebounds in 20 minutes against Saginaw Valley State Monday night, and 9 boards in 17 minutes against Northern Michigan.

"I think everybody has really big expectations but I'm just trying to go out there and have fun and win the game," said McGary. "My main job is just to get rebounds and thats what I like doing. I'm happy not scoring a point and getting rebounds."

McGary's aggressiveness and energy is obvious. So much so that he found himself in some first half foul trouble, accumulating three in the first 20 minutes of play.

"He's done a better job in practice cause we're pretty sure in practice we probably call fouls that aren't fouls just to make sure he knows," said coach John Beilein. "And he's really done a better job than --- Jon Horford and Jordan Morgan continue to have habits of fouling. I think he's done a pretty good job."

"He'll get better at it but his intensity, we're not going to turn that down," added Beilein. "He's got to keep playing hard but smart."

McGary may not be concerning himself too much with his offensive game and that development but the Chesterton, Indiana native showed flashes of what he's capable of.

In the first half McGary gained position in the mid-post, turned to his left between two defenders and laid one in off the glass.

In the second half, McGary used his defensive instincts for an easy bucket, intercepted an entry pass at the top of the key, chasing the deflected ball down and picking it up just in time for a windmill right handed slam that had the bench and fans at Crisler Center buzzing.

To watch video of McGary after the win over SVSU, press play below. Recommended Stories

  • Peyton Manning emerged alone atop yet another category in the NFL record book tonight vs the Niners, as he tossed touchdown #509 under the national spotlight of Sunday Night Football (NBC). (Photo…

  • Former USC and NFL running back LenDale White added tons of drama to what was a relatively quiet Homecoming weekend for the Trojans.

  • Here’s a way to watch football and improve your golf swing at the same time. In your living room (or on the range), practice the one-minute golf swing, as shown in this video. Set the timer on your…

  • Dr. Roto, like many others, can't believe Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (pictured above) passed for over 300 yards and rushed for over 100 yards in the same game. First time that's ever happened…

  • As soon as those winds fall off, get into the stand! I always tell people you can't kill them if you aren't out, but if you want to try and pick an opportune time – this is it.


72,846 Fans online